CSOs come up with terms of reference for its forum
Civil Society Organisations have finalised the terms of reference in an effort to gear up for the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference scheduled for August.
They gave a press briefing in Yangon yesterday to announce their plan of organising a forum as prelude to the peace conference.
Daw Phwe Yu Mon, a member of the organising committee for the CSO forum, said that the civil society organisations (CSOs) have been meeting to discuss their participation in the conference since 1 June.
“In the previous meetings, we sought ways of how to play our role at the event. And we all agreed on the fact that we should develop the terms of reference on our own,” she said.
The CSOs have sent the copies of the terms of reference to the Preparatory Committee for 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) and the eight ethnic signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
“We met the ethnic armed organisations to explain our stance and the terms of reference,” Daw Phwe Yu Mon said, adding that the copies of the terms of reference have also been emailed to ethnic armed organisations which are yet to sign the NCA.
U Saw Min Naing, a member of the organising committee for the CSO forum, said that CSOs have been determined to play an active part in the upcoming peace conference by representing the voices of the people.
The terms of reference fall into seven parts focusing on the rights of civil society organisations, a time frame for the implementation of procedures, and the CSO forum to the peace conference.
Ye Khaung Nyunt